Men's Sitting Team 3-0 Going into Semis
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 19, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team completed round-robin play on Thursday at the Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball by defeating host Costa Rica, 25-13, 25-12, 25-17 in San Jose.
| J.Dee Marinko serves the ball at the 2010 Sitting Volleyball
The U.S. Men (3-0), who have not lost a set in the tournament, will play Mexico (0-3) in the tournament semifinals on Friday (April 19) at 7 p.m. CT.
Rejy Bacchus (Bryan, Texas) led the U.S. scoring effort with 15 points on 11 kills, two blocks and two aces. Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) added 12 points on eight kills, three blocks and one ace.
“The team played their most consistent match tonight excelling in all facets of the game,” said U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.), who played in the match to replace Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who had to leave the team due to professional obligations in the United States.
Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico) will join the team for Friday's semifinal match.
"It's always fun to win a match against the home team especially when you play as well as we did tonight," Regan said.
Hamiter started J.Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) at setter/outside hitter, Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.) and Regan at middle hitter and Thomas Davis (Detroit, Mich.) and Bacchus as right side hitters.
The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team is honoring the victims who were killed or injured at the Boston Marathon by wearing black bands on their uniforms near their hearts and flags.
Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball
April 16-20 in San Jose, Costa Rica
U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team
2 Daniel Regan (St. Louis, Mo.)
5 Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
7 Thomas Davis (Detroit, Mich.)
10 Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
13 Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.)
17 Rejy Bacchus (Bryan, Texas)
18 J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.)
Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)
Event Schedule (All times CT) and Results
Costa Rica def. Mexico, 18-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 15-6
USA def. Colombia, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21
USA def. Mexico, 25-16, 25-16, 25-10
Colombia def. Costa Rica, 25-16, 25-22, 28-26
Colombia def. Mexico, 19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-21
USA def. Costa Rica, 25-13, 25-12, 25-17
April 19 Semifinals
7 p.m.: USA vs. Mexico
9 p.m.: Colombia vs. Costa Rica
7 p.m.: Bronze Medal
9 p.m.: Gold Medal